Courtesy / Misa Lemme
Tickets are on sale for a new Frontier Airlines nonstop flight to Colorado Springs, Colo., officials at the San Antonio International Airport announced Tuesday. And though the aspens are turning gold there this time of year, heralding a season change that will usher in the ski tourist season, flights for that destination won't start until April 2018.
Colorado Springs is the ninth new destination Frontier has announced in the San Antonio market within the last two months. Frontier already serves 13 nonstop destinations from San Antonio.
“These new routes continue to connect people to the places they want to travel,” stated Richard Oliver, spokesman for Frontier Airlines. “With our low fares and reliable service, we offer the best value in travel.”
“Frontier continues to show significant investment in San Antonio and our region, and this new air service is just the latest example,” said Russ Handy, aviation director for the City of San Antonio. “This service will provide a direct connection for military personnel, Olympic caliber athletes, and other business and leisure travelers.”
Colorado Springs is home to the United States Air Force Academy, as well as Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, and Fort Carson Army Base.
The United States Olympic Training Center and the headquarters of the United States Olympic Committee are in Colorado Springs, as are 24 of the U.S.' national federations for individual Olympic sports' headquarters.
USAA has a regional office in Colorado Springs, and is considered a major employer in the region.
Handy and Air Service Administrator Brian Pratte expect that Frontier, with its ultra-low-cost model, will provide competitive pricing in San Antonio. The flight will be offered three times a week.
The new flight is the result of ongoing efforts of the the air service task force established in May to pursue additional air service for the city of San Antonio and the South Texas region, task force members stated. Last week, Mexican airlines Volaris launched a daily nonstop flight to Mexico City.
It is not known how many people fly from San Antonio to Colorado Springs during a given time period because that city experiences “leakage” to a major hub, Denver International Airport, the way San Antonio does to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
In July, the San Antonio airport reported record-high traffic, hosting about 848,000 domestic passengers throughout the month. A report for August is not yet available.